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3019 Fair St. , Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 Phone: 573-785-6402 Email: ofrpc@ofrpc.org

Foothill Families Support Project

The Project

Foothill Families Support Project was designed to provide a more efficient and coordinated method of providing support services to families at-risk for child abuse and neglect.  The project began in July 2003 with the help of a Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Program grant from the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.

Through Foothill Families, staff of the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission brought together a broad range of service providers from Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley, and Wayne Counties.   Members of this newly-formed network now collaborate to ensure that participating families receive adequate and coordinated social support services through the Lead Agency Model of Collaboration (see below).

Each "package" of services is designed around the participating family's unique strengths and goals.  In this way, Foothill Families works to lower family stresses and lessen the potential for child abuse and neglect in the home.

To purchase a specialized CTF Missouri license plate, go to http://ctf.typepad.com/missouri_childrens_trust_/license_plates.html .  Be sure to designate Foothill Families Support Project as your local license plate partner!  One hundred percent of funds received through license plate contributions will be utilized to purchase safe cribs for low income at-risk families with infants.

The Lead Agency Model of Collaboration

The Lead Agency Model of Collaboration brings service providers and family memberstogether at the same table to discuss a particular family's challenges, strengths and potential progress.  Together, this "self-directed care team" designs a plan that will help the family deal more effectively with life's stresses and become self-sufficient.


The Lead Agency Model of Collaboration was designed to accomplish the four following goals:

Services Provided

Those participating in Foothill Families are eligible to benefit from the following two services:

  1.     Flex-Pool Funds
  2.    Safe Cribs

For more information regarding any of these services, contact Mrs. Janet O'Neal, foothillfamilies@ofrpc.org.  You may also call the Foothill Families Support Project Office at (573) 785-6402.

Collaborating Partners


A.O. Lakes Country Resources

Poplar Bluff , MO

Poplar Bluff School District

Poplar Bluff, MO

Butler County Community Resource Council

Poplar Bluff, MO

Poplar Bluff P.A.T.

Poplar Bluff, MO

Butler County Health Department

Poplar Bluff, MO

Reynolds County Courthouse

Ellington, MO

Carter County Family Services

Van Buren, MO

Reynolds County Family Services

Ellington, MO

Casa Guadalupe/Whole Health

Ellington, MO

Reynolds County Health Department

Ellington, MO

                           Doniphan R-1 P.A.T.                     

Doniphan, MO

Ripley County Mentoring Moms

Doniphan, MO

East Carter P.A.T.

Van Buren, MO

Ripley County Public Housing

Poplar Bluff, MO

Lone Star R-IV P.A.T.

Doniphan, MO

Southeast Missouri Community Treatment Center

Poplar Bluff, MO


Poplar Bluff, MO

Southeast MO State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

MO Dept of Health & Senior Services

Bureau of Health Care Needs

Poplar Bluff, MO

Twin Rivers School District

Broseley, MO

MO Dept of Social Svcs - Children's Division

Poplar Bluff, MO

University of MO Extension Office

Poplar Bluff, MO

Neelyville School District

Neelyville, MO

Van Buren Parents as Teachers

Van Buren, MO

Ozark Foothills Child Advocacy Center

Doniphan, MO

Wayne County Children's Division

Piedmont, MO

Whole Kids Outreach

 Ellington, MO


The Foothill Families Provider Network will meet on the following dates:

(Dates are updated periodically when scheduled.)

Carter, Reynolds, & Wayne (Site #1):

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 12:00pm @ Young Baptist Church, Garwood, MO

Butler & Ripley (Site #2):

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 12:00pm @ OFRPC, Poplar Bluff, MO


Click here to access blank forms and Provider Network member information


In addition, Parents Anonymous meetings are held each Tuesday evening, 6:00pm at the Ripley County Family Resource Center located at 209 Highway Street in Doniphan.

The meetings are open to parents of all ages hoping to explore parenting issues

with other parents in a group discussion setting.

For more information, contact call (573) 996-2648.